Sydney’s latest foodie haunt is as hot as the chicken dished up by Belle’s Hot Chicken, who are just one of the pop-ups calling the Streets of Barangaroo home for the next 9 months.
When Copenhagen’s famous Noma restaurant moves to Sydney’s new Barangaroo development in early 2016, it will be in good company. The Wulugul pop-up is a new outdoor-canteen style food and drink hub located along the foreshore of Barangaroo.
Among the new kids on the block is Gin&It, a small bar with an enormous range of gin from across the globe. If you’re a gin drinker, you can’t miss an opportunity to sample their encyclopaedic catalogue of gin, and if you’re not very fond of gin (like me), it might surprise you. Their gin cocktails developed exclusively for Barangaroo are exquisite and have me rethinking my aversion to gin. A particular favourite of mine of was the Aviation (gin with maraschino liqueur, crème de violette and lemon juice served with a glacé blueberry) and the Coriandrum (apple wood smoked gin with a celery & coriander liqueur and lemon juice).
Mamak is already well known in Sydney for its Malayasian street food. Their satay chicken skewers, roti flatbreads and vegetable curries are bursting with flavour and have a comfortable undercurrent of heat.
Specialty coffee roasters and winners of TimeOut Sydney’s best cafe for 2015, Edition Coffee Roasters, are serving up some of the finest single origin coffee you’ll ever taste. Artfully roasted according to the characteristics present in each batch of beans rather than to suit a particular style of drink (most roasters will roast their beans to suit espresso or filter, etc.), these guys take coffee to another level. The single estate Colombian the boys had on the night of the Wulugul launch was probably the first Columbian brew I’ve ever tasted that didn’t have chocolate or cherry in the flavour profile, instead it was light and zesty with a very clean mouth-feel and a hint of gooseberry. Amazing!
RivaReno Gelato will be keeping Wulugul foodies cool over the summer. Their silky smooth gelato is made using milk imported all the way from the Stura Valley in Italy for an authentic gelato experience. And in case you’re thinking it doesn’t get any better than that, it’s then thickly coated in rich, single origin Valrhona chocolate with a crunch that echoes through your head as you bite into it.
The star of the show is definitely Belle’s Hot Chicken, an American style eatery from Melbourne. Their fried chicken ranges in heat from mild to actually-made-my-sister’s-boyfriend-cry-it’s-so-hot (sorry Carrick)! This is pure comfort food. Belle’s tender and tantalisingly tasty fried chicken is accompanied by the ideal chip (soft and fluffy in the middle, crunchy on the outside), pickles and an assortment of sides and sauces. Well worth queuing for.
There aren’t many places in the world that compare to what’s on offer at Barangaroo. With breathtaking views of Sydney’s world famous harbour that only get better as the sun sets and the foreshore lights up with thousands of decorative lights, staying for another little bite to eat or enjoying another drink is almost compulsory.